“Again and again and again he has resisted reforms, he resisted the consent decree process that he has now embraced and is taking credit for as part of his legacy,” investigative reporter Jamie Kalven wrote, according to WLS-TV in Chicago. Kalven first reported on the existence of the dashcam video of McDonald’s shooting.
In an interview with WLS, Emanuel explained he didn’t want to run for a third term because he was “dead tired.”
“Being mayor is not a part-time job,” he said. “There is no Fourth of July holiday. I knew I didn’t have four years in the gas tank.”
Many believe, however, that the 59-year-old Emanuel — who first drew national attention as a congressman, then as an adviser to former President Bill Clinton and White House chief of staff for former President Barack Obama — didn’t have the votes to get re-elected after the fallout from the McDonald shooting.
‘Who knows if they even want me?’
“Rahm Emanuel could not have won the African-American vote needed to secure his spot as a three-term mayor,” Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton wrote last September. “The image of the 17-year-old [McDonald] lying on the pavement after Officer Jason Van Dyke pumped 16 bullets into his body is too ingrained in African-American voters’ minds.
He has ruled out running for president and said he needs a break from politics to be with his family. “However, should a Democrat win in 2020, might you go to Washington? You know what, who knows if they even want me?” he told Chicago’s WMAQ-TV.
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot takes office on Monday.
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